Filing for Municipal Office

Every 2 years, elections are held for the mayoral seat, 4 City Council seats (one of the 2 seats for each ward) and 4 honorary positions*. The most recent election for municipal offices was held April 4, 2017. Election results are available through the Clay County Election Commission.

2019 Election Information

The next Municipal Election will be held April 2, 2019. 

Qualified individuals can file for office beginning at 8 a.m. on Dec. 11. Filing continues Monday through Friday (8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) until Jan. 15, 2019, when filing closes at 5 p.m. Please note that City Hall will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2019, and filings will only be accepted from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31.

Municipal offices included in this election are Mayor, Ward 1 Council Member, Ward 2 Council Member, Ward III Council Member, Ward IV Council Member, and honorary positions of City Clerk, City Treasurer, City Constable and City Auditor. 

Qualifications for Candidates

If you’re interested in running for Mayor or one of the 4 City Council seats, you must:

  • be a citizen of the State of Missouri
  • be at least 21 years of age
  • have resided in within Liberty city limits for 2 years preceding the election date
  • be a registered voter in Liberty

Council members also must be “bona fide” residents of the wards for which they are elected.

Terms

  • Mayor - 2 years
  • Council members - 4 years (4 seats, 1 from each ward, is open for election every 2 years)

Compensation

  • Mayor - $4,800 per year.
  • Council member - $2,400 per year.

City Council Meetings

The City Council generally meets at 7 p.m. in regular session on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, and in study session on either the 1st or 3rd Monday of each month.

Honorary Elected Officials*

In addition to the mayoral and City Council seats, there are also 4 honorary positions that are open for election every 2 years. Those interested in filing for the honorary positions of City Clerk and City Treasurer must hold the same qualifications as outlined for the Council Members. Candidates for the honorary Auditor or Constable positions must be registered qualified voters in Liberty.

Terms: The City Clerk, City Treasurer, Auditor and Constable are elected to 2 year terms.

Compensation: The City Clerk, City Treasurer, Auditor and Constable positions earn $1 for each year served.